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    State of the Rockies

    The State of the Rockies Project enhances understanding of and action to address socio-environmental challenges in the Rocky Mountain West through collaborative student-faculty research, education, and stakeholder engagement.

    Our Goals:

    • Facilitate faculty-student collaborative research on critical socio-environmental issues in the Rocky Mountain West.
    • Disseminate research through academic publications and presentations.
    • Share research and Conservation in the West poll findings with community stakeholders and political leaders.
    • Increase campus-wide understanding of the socio-environmental challenges facing the Rocky Mountain Region and what is being done to address these challenges.

    Conservation in the West poll

    Rockies Research

    "Ute Prayer Trees" Article No. 1 Hit

    Rockies 2017 summer fellow Nate Goodman's  publication is the first hit on Google search

    Goodman's '19 Cipher magazine article “Ute Prayer Trees” ..."has been shared extensively by city and state archeologists and has been the subject of substantial chatter at conferences. It is widely supported by the local Colorado Springs Indigenous community and I have received positive feedback on social media. On google, when searching the keywords “ute prayer trees," my article is the number one hit. Additionally, local documentary filmmaker Gregg Deal has expressed interest in using my research as source material for a forthcoming documentary about cultural representations of Indigenous peoples by non-natives in Colorado Springs," said Nate.  

    His State of the Rockies 2018 report has been reposted by the Indigenous Policy Journal. "Local Indigenous community members, have expressed outrage at the continued appropriation of Ute traditional knowledge and cultural property and are asking for a comprehensive follow-up," Nate said.  Follow the link to read more about his work. 

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    Recent News

    2018 Conservation in the West Poll Released

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